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  • Why is this new language being called Perl at all? Exactly what is the relationship between Perl 5 and Perl 6, other than their creator?

    I haven't read all the docs by Wall and Conway, but from what I have read, none of it looks like the perl I know and love.

    Why not give a wholly new name and make a clean break?
    • Hmmm. I've had this argument several times.

      I've argued that this language is still Perl in the sense that the code (as Piers says above) still feels a lot like Perl. Remember that the stuff always being talked about are the differences not what has stayed the same.

      I've argued (recently, with limited success) that Perl 6 is Perl because Perl is the community and the devlopers, not any one bit of software or code.

      However, I've also argued quite a lot that maybe it should have a different name (if just for branding) as this is to a certain respect a different language and a new direction, and deserves (at least from a marketting point of view) to have a fresh start. Somewhat like a sub-brand of an existing product.

      Of course, I'm Just Another Perl Hacker, not anyone who's actually doing anything constructive towords Perl 6, so in the end I'm just waffling...